LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system. It provides third-party verification that best practices were used during the building process designed to improve performance. It can be applied to all building types whether they are commercial or residential. LEED Certification affects all stages of the building process … Continue reading What Is LEED Certification?
Did you know that an appealing, well-managed outdoor space can add up to 15%the overall value of your home? Whether your yard is a blank slate, or just in need of a spruce up and a bit of maintenance, putting in some time and effort can pay off in the long run. Undergoing some outdoor … Continue reading Get the Most Value Out of Your Fall Landscape Projects
Metropolitan areas, like Toronto, get hotter in the summer because they are urban heat islands. An urban heat island is created in places where there are a large number of people, asphalt, cars, buses and trains. Where you have a lot of buildings, people and activity in an enclosed urban center the heat doesn’t have … Continue reading What is the urban heat island effect and how can irrigating your property protect you?
Challenge spawns creativity, and in urban landscape design there’s lots of opportunity for creativity. New trends in urban design seek to push out the sights, smells, and sounds of the city that encroach on your outdoor space. Other urban designs work with these elements. Here are a few suggestions to spark your imagination. Weathered Steel … Continue reading The 9 Newest Trends in Urban Landscape Design
Sometimes in life, more of something isn’t always better. This can be especially true for yard size. Owning a larger yard generally means more work, energy and money need to go into maintaining it. A smaller yard actually offers a variety of benefits. Namely, a small yard is less expensive to add landscaping to and … Continue reading How to Make a Small Backyard Look Bigger
Helping the planet may seem futile at times, but everyone has a role in saving it. Having an eco-friendly backyard and other green projects around our homes may appear to only be small ways to give back, but when added to the efforts of many, it can create a wider effect in our communities and … Continue reading Why Eco-Friendly Backyards are Important
We only have one earth and we need to help this planet of ours out. Being environmentally thoughtful starts at home and an eco-friendly backyard is a great place to do so. Creating an eco-friendly landscaping space is extremely beneficial to us and Mother Nature for a variety of reasons, one of the most … Continue reading Why an Eco-Friendly Backyard is So Important
A beautiful garden can draw admirable looks from your neighbours and be pleasant for you and your family – but have you considered cultivating a garden that is pet safe? Whether you’re looking for plants that repel fleas, or you’re seeking pet safe garden plants, there’s a whole lot of options to explore. Find plants … Continue reading You and Your Pet Will Love These Non-Toxic Plants That Repel Fleas
As you cozy up by your fireplace, snuggled in a blanket, looking at pictures from last year when life was warmer, you may find yourself dreaming of spring and feel the itch to start gardening again. Which begs the question: which perennials should you plant this year? Now is a great time to start thinking … Continue reading Planting Perennials in the Spring
Winter tends to be associated with chilly, dull landscapes. But there is no reason for your estate to lack beauty, even during the coldest months. By incorporating the use of colorful winter urns and planters with hardy winter plants such as pansies that can withstand these conditions, you can have gorgeous displays straight through until … Continue reading Growing Plants Outside in the Winter